Wheaton, IL – Representative Amy Grant (R-Wheaton) today made a statement concerning the conviction of Tim Mapes, the former chief aide to longtime Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan. Mapes was found guilty of lying to a federal grand jury in an attempt to protect his longtime boss from an expansive political corruption investigation.
“The conviction of Tim Mapes on perjury and obstruction of justice charges underscores the seriousness of the situation unfolding in our state’s politics,” said Rep. Grant. “It’s a clear demonstration of the need for transparency, accountability, and a commitment to the truth.”
Mapes’ association with Madigan spanned decades, during which he was known for his significant influence in passing legislation and his adeptness at maneuvering behind the political scenes. The recent trial, held in U.S. District Judge John Kness’ courtroom, unveiled layers of political intrigue and ultimately led to Mapes facing up to 20 years in prison on the obstruction count and an additional maximum of five years for perjury.
Rep. Grant commended the efforts of acting U.S. Attorney Morris Pasqual who said in a statement, “This conviction should stand as a clear message to witnesses who choose to violate their oath to tell the truth before a grand jury that they will be held accountable.”
Adding her perspective on the broader implications of this case, Rep. Grant remarked, “The chain of events and the convictions we have seen recently, including that of Michael McClain, indicate a deeply rooted issue within Illinois’ political landscape. It’s vital that we work together, across party lines, to rebuild trust with our constituents and restore integrity to our political institutions.”
While the news of the trial is certainly alarming, Rep. Grant reassures constituents that she remains committed to promoting values of honesty and integrity in office. She emphasizes her focus on initiatives that prioritize the welfare of her constituents, including securing of funds for local road projects, promoting economic development, supporting families, and looking out for school aged children.
“I remain dedicated to government transparency on behalf of the people of the 47th District and the state of Illinois. We must continue to demand accountability and ensure that our elected officials serve the best interests of the people they represent,” concluded Rep. Grant.
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